Ketton Quarry NR
This is an excellent site for calcareous flower species - an unusual habitat in Leicestershire and Rutland. Species include Bee Orchid, Yellow-wort, Crown Vetch and Autumn Gentian. It is one of the best sites in our area for both Adders and Grass Snakes. Butterflies include Marbled White, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. It also supports a colony of Glow-worms.
Located in eastern Rutland. From the A47 take the A6121 towards Stamford which passes through Ketton. Turn left onto Pit Lane as you leave the village (travelling east) and the reserve is on the left after about 400m.
Total species seen at this site: 536
Ketton Quarry is an active limestone quarry, but the reserve is a long worked-out part of the site. It consists of hills, holes and a few rocky outcrops that have been colonised by a wide range of calcareous limestone plants. Parts of the site have become scrubbed over and there is a planted beech wood. The reserve is leased by the Wildlife Trust from Castle Cement and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Six-Spot Burnet||Zygaena filipendulae||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Agelena labyrinthica||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Ant Damsel Bug||Himacerus mirmicoides||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Comb-footed Spider||Enoplognatha ovata||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Evarcha falcata||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Garden Spider||Araneus diadematus||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Heliophanus flavipes||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Linyphia triangularis||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Nursery Web Spider||Pisaura mirabilis||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Painted Lady||Vanessa cardui||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Ploughman's Spikenard||Inula conyzae||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Tortoise Bug||Eurygaster (cf) testudinaria||03/08/2019||AJ Cann|
|Basil Thyme||Clinopodium acinos||04/07/2019||martindgrimes|
|Melampsora caprearum||03/07/2019||roy lemmon|
|Rose Rust||Phragmidium mucronatum||03/07/2019||roy lemmon|